“The buildings and structures that surround us form the everyday landscapes of our lives. They constitute a visual record of our existence and act as a reminder of our temporality. I am interested in the way we respond to these landscapes and how they can exclude, alienate, reassure or bolster. I am curious about whose actions and decisions shape them, how people appraise and value them, seek to protect them or change them.
Consciously devoid of figuration in order to encompass a time period greater than the present, my method of constructing and painting mirrors the layering I observe. Likewise, I see symmetry in using ‘recycled’ house paint; paint left over from other people’s DIY projects that perhaps retains something of their optimism.”
Gillian Swan is a mixed media artist based in East London. Born in 1982, she studied Industrial Design at Brunel University, graduating in 2005. She co-ordinated the Leytonstone Arts Trail in 2013 and was one of the founders of The Stone Space, an artist-led gallery space in Leytonstone, East London.
All images are copyrighted © Gillian Swan 2017.